EXCAVATIONS OF THE BATHS AT ROMAN CARSULAE
June 9 – July 21, 2012
We are now accepting applications from students and volunteers to participate in our eighth season of excavations of the baths at Roman Carsulae.
Project and Location
Carsulae was a Roman city that developed in the late third century BCE along the Via Flaminia, approximately 100 kilometers north of Rome in modern Umbria. The major public buildings were excavated from 1950 to 1970, but the great majority of the ancient city lies undisturbed in what is now a beautiful archaeological park. The current excavation of the public baths at Carsulae began in 2004. Following the construction of a roof that will protect the delicate architecture, we plan to dedicate the 2012 season to further exposing the central rooms of the baths and to begin the important task of conservation.
The field program welcomes both students and volunteers. No experience is necessary, only an enthusiasm for archaeology and the ability to work hard in rigorous conditions. Participants are instructed in excavation strategies, techniques and recording, handling and conservation of artifacts, drafting of site plans and analytical rendering.
Cost and Credit
The cost is $800.00 per week. This includes shared room, breakfast daily, lunch and dinner five days a week, and a second breakfast in the field. All equipment is provided. A participant may attend one three-week session, June 9 – 30 or July 1 – 21, or both. Credit is available at additional cost through Valdosta State University.
Accommodations and Meals
We stay at the Albergo Duomo (three or four people to a room) in the charming hill town of San Gemini, just three kilometers from Carsulae. All rooms have private baths and air conditioning, and the hotel is equipped with free wireless internet. Meals are eaten in the elegant dining room of the hotel.
Participants work in the field Monday through Friday from 5AM to noon. After lunch and a well-earned siesta, afternoons are spent in the lab processing each day’s finds and sometimes attending classes, expert lectures, or working with our conservators. Weekends are open for travel or relaxation. Group trips to nearby sites of interest are often available. This year our participants will arrive on the eve of the Infiorata di San Gemini, a festival celebrated on June 10, the day of Corpus Domini. This is very special event for which the entire town stays up the night before decorating the streets in elaborate carpets of flowers.
For further details and to apply: WEBSITE
Related Program (can be taken in conjunction with the above excavation):
CONSERVATION OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL CERAMICS IN ITALY – CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
May 20 – June 16, 2012
For further details and to apply:
Visit the San Gemini Preservation Studies WEBSITE
Jane Whitehead, Director of the Excavations of the Baths at Roman Carsulae
Department of Modern and Classical Languages
Valdosta State University